Fagoting (or Faggoting in the UK)/ noun: embroidery in which threads are fastened together in bundlesOr more simply put, fagoting is a method of joining hemmed edges by crisscrossing thread over an open seam.
I see this detail a lot in 1930's blouses and dresses. A couple of years ago, I lucked out and found three early 1930's collar patterns (for very cheap) and all of them included fagoting:
Not only did I get these lovely patterns but I got a few surprises as well! Including this completed collar (which must have been from another pattern):
But that wasn't all, there was also this beauty:
After spending some time examining those two finished pieces, it inspired me to try my hand at it! I used McCall 392 version A and did a bit of a trial run.
Here is the result of one of the triangles (this is the back side):
tutorial on how to sew a fagoted seam. I really love the way the stitching looks when using this method. I'm still deciding on actual colours for the final collars and cuffs and of course, a dress to match but it's was really great learning a new technique.
Here's a bit more on the technique from my 1954 Singer Sewing Book:
I really like how this spiral stitch looks.
Here's the method that the Colette tutorial teaches:
I also really want to make the leaves collar from McCall 392. Here's the pattern pieces that the previous owner has carefully attached to brown paper and already used:
I'm definitely intrigued! Another project for the list ;-)
Have you ever done any fagoting stitchwork? Ever heard of it before?